Kopano Ratele’s biography, fact, career, awards, net worth and life story

IntroSouth African psychologist
Is Researcher
From South Africa




Age52 years

Kopano Ratele (born 1969) is a South African psychologist and men and masculinities studies scholar. He is known for his work on African-oriented psychology, boys, men, masculinity, fatherhood, identity, culture, sexuality, and violence. He is former co-director of the South African Medical Research Council-University of South Africa (Unisa)’s Violence, Injury & Peace Research Unit. In 2009-2010 he was president of the Psychological Society of South Africa. He chaired the board of Sonke Gender Justice, a South African nongovernmental organisation working across Africa to strengthen government, civil society and citizen capacity to promote gender equality, prevent domestic and sexual violence, and reduce the spread and impact of HIV and AIDS.

He is a regular contributor to newspapers, television and radio on matters related to boys, men, masculinity, sexuality, violence, and fatherhood. In 2017-2018 he co-hosted a weekly radio show on fatherhood, CapeTalk Dads, on The Koketso Sachane Show with Koketso Sachane and Mbuyiselo Botha on CapeTalk Radio.

He is Professor in the Institute for Social and Health Sciences at the University of South Africa and researcher in the Violence, Injury & Peace Research Unit. He runs the Research Unit on Men & Masculinities and the Transdisciplinary African Psychologies Programme.


  • Engaging Youth in Activism, Research and Pedagogical Praxis: Transnational and Intersectional Perspectives on Gender, Sex, and Race (2018, Routledge)
  • Liberating Masculinities (2016, HSRC Press)
  • There was this Goat: Investigating the Truth Commission Testimony of Notrose Nobomvu Konile (2009, University of Kwazulu-Natal Press)
  • From Boys to Men: Social Constructions of Masculinity in Contemporary Society (2007, University of Cape Town Press)
  • Intergroup Relations: South African Perspectives (2006, Juta Academic)
  • Self, Psychology and Community (2004, University of Cape Town Press)
  • Social Psychology: Identities & Relationships (2003, University of Cape Town Press)